On Thursday, Mozilla announced that it will stop development and support for Firefox OS on phones and tablets.
"Today we shared a number of decisions around Firefox OS along with changes to Marketplace, Foxfooding, and the Product Innovation Process," said Mozilla's Head of Core Contributors, George Roter, in a community announcement. Most notably, Mozilla announced that it "will end development on Firefox OS for smartphones after the version 2.6 release" and will no longer accept Marketplace submissions for Android, Desktop, or Tablet that do not support Firefox OS from March 29, 2016. Roter noted, "Firefox OS apps will continue to be accepted into 2017 (we have yet to finalize a date for when we won't continue accepting these apps)."
"The circumstances of multiple established operating systems and app ecosystems meant that we were playing catch-up, and the conditions were not there for Mozilla to win on commercial smartphones. We have decided that in order to succeed in the new area of Connected Devices we must focus our energy completely on prototyping the future and exploring how we can make the biggest impact in IoT," explained Roter. Last month, Mozilla announced that it had downgraded support for Firefox OS, telling developers to ignore issues on the mobile operating system when working on other Mozilla projects. Until May, Firefox OS will be supported as a Tier 3 project, leaving the community in charge of fixing any issues. Mozilla is still committed to Firefox OS for Smart TVs, and "potentially other devices in the future," according to Senior Vice President of Connected Devices, Ari Jaaksi.
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